About

worn&wound is your resource for watch reviews and commentary on beautifully designed, well crafted and affordable watches.  Both watch enthusiasts and new collectors will discover something new through in-depth discussions, beautiful original photography, video reviews, guides and much more.  At worn&wound, we celebrate the entire breadth of the watch industry from the largest swiss brand to the smallest independent.  We see watches not just as mechanical wonders but as the quintessential accessory to a design and fashion conscious lifestyle.

worn&wound watch accessories are also available at the worn&wound shop.  There you will find premium watch products, developed by the worn&wound team, all at an affordable price.  Further, we are proud to say that all worn&wound watch straps and original products are designed and manufactured in the USA.

worn&wound is operated by:

Zach Weiss, Co-Founder

Zach is a lifelong watch collector and has the stash of scratched up Swatches to prove it. He holds a B.A. from Bard College in Studio Arts and a Masters of Design in Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a working product, graphic and packaging designer, he views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together. He has even had some viral success with his own ORBO digital watch concept.

Current grail watches: A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk, Rolex Explorer 6350

Blake Malin, Co-Founder

Blake is an avid watch collector with an affinity for classic military pilot watches.  After receiving his B.A. from Bard College, he moved to New York City and is currently pursuing a career as a non-profit fundraiser.  He lives in Brooklyn with his girlfriend who is surprisingly understanding of his watch obsession.

Current grail watches: Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback Chronograph, 60′s Vintage Fortis Marinemaster

James L. Helms, Partner

James is a long time watch collector that appreciates all watch types from digital to automatic, expensive to affordable.  No matter what happens digitally, James is a firm believer that the watch can never be replaced as a personal timekeeping device.  Professionally James is a Product Manager with a background in the automotive, computer, battery, and lighting fields while residing in San Diego.

Current grail watches: Hublot F1 King Power Abu Dhabi,  Bell & Ross BR 01-97 Power Reserve

James Enloe, Contributor

Since receiving his first watch at age  7 (a Star Wars C3-PO digital) James has been wearing a watch. His interest turned into an obsession with the internet boom of the late 1990s and since that time has had over 100 different watches pass through his hands. James has written a number of reviews popular on the watch forums as well as a short series of articles for nerdist.com. He resides in North Idaho with his wife and young daughter, who is developing a watch collection of her own.

Current grail watches: Vintage Rolex GMT Master; IWC Big Pilot

Dexter Austria, Contributor

When I was a kid, we use to have an empty storefront for rent (Philippines). A family came to rent it and set-up a tailoring shop. Their children eventually became my friends and since we couldn’t really afford “real” levis at a young age…we bought jean fabrics and all the surplus buttons, tags and levis zippers and made our own “custom” cut jeans. The best part was, we were always being asked where we bought them!  Since that time, i’ve always been fascinated by fashion and especially the production behind it. Being a graphic designer now… when i look back, i think that’s what influenced me to “make” something out of nothing.

Current Grail Watches: IWC – Portuguese Tourbillon Mystere Retrograde, Bell and Ross BR 123 Heritage

Ed Estlow, Contributor

It wasn’t all that long ago that Ed didn’t wear a watch – a fact at which his wife constantly marvels. Now a confirmed chronograph and tool watch junkie, he keeps a small collection close by his bedside in case of emergency. Ed tells people he has a long and checkered past, but he comes by his love of the little wrist machines honestly. He’s got a degree in aerospace engineering. Now a freelance writer and copywriter, Ed resides in suburban Minneapolis with his wife, dogs, and occasionally, their adult children.

Current grail watches: Rolex Submariner 5513, Sinn 757 UTC, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

Li Wang, contributor

Li’s first automatic watch was a $105 Seiko 5 dress watch with a white dial. It was the only watch he could afford on a newspaper reporter’s salary. As a Philadelphian, he has that blue-collar underdog mentality that causes him to love affordable watches with lots of value. A collector of classic Seiko divers, Li also has a penchant for “ugly” watches and anything that has aftermarket add-ons available. He once bought a Dave Murphy coin-edged replacement bezel for a Vostok Amphibia before even buying the watch. In his real job he runs a digital marketing agency called Wear Interactive.

Current grail watch: Rolex 1675 GMT-Master on a Jubilee

Mark McArthur-Christie

My local watchmaker was very kind to a watch-fixated brat. He started me off with the technical manual for the new Omega Time Computer. The nearest Rolex dealer was next. They were a bit sniffy at first about a 9 year old WIS, but gave me copies of the Rolex catalogue.

Being a sad case, at 10 I used to cut out the pics and stick them to my wrist – to see what a gold day-date would look like. The obsession just got worse from there.

Current grail watches:  Omega TC1, Nomos Weltzeit,  Accutron Spaceview, Robert Loomes Robin

Ilya Ryvin

Ilya is Brooklyn-based watch collector who believes that when it comes to watches, quality, simplicity, and functionality are king. This may very well explain his love for German and military-inspired watches, specifically the timepieces put out by Sinn, Damasko, and MKII. He explains his love for watches as an extension of his adoration of craftsmanship, which is why he also has an affinity for quality American and English footwear, Japanese made jeans, and handcrafted leather goods. Ilya attended the Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College where he studied film production, history, and education, and he currently works as an associate producer at a documentary company in NYC.

Current Grail watches: Heuer Bundeswehr Flyback Chronograph “3H”, Rolex Milsub 5517, Rolex Explorer II 1655, 1969 Omega Speedmaster

Brandon Cripps

Brandon was raised in a military family, the son of an Army pilot and engineer.  An early fascination with all things mechanical became a love of watches that remains today.  His watch interests lie mainly in functional tool and military-issued pieces, vintage Seiko, and 1970s Valjoux chronographs.  Brandon holds a pair of degrees in experimental psychology and works as a human factors test engineer for Army aviation systems.  He lives in north Alabama with his wife and daughter.

Current Grail Watches: Heuer Carrera 45 Dato Shelby Cobra bicompax, Rolex Explorer Space Dweller, Tornek-Rayville TR-900

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